14 January 2020

PHmuseum 2020 Photography Grant Open for Submissions

14 January 2020 - Written by PhMuseum

The 8th annual PHmuseum Photography Grant is back and bigger than ever, offering $16,000 in cash prizes, three solo exhibitions, educational opportunities, space in projections at international photo festivals, and a whole lot more.

© Nikita Teryoshin, 1st prize winner - 2019 edition

The eighth edition of the PHmuseum Photography Grant is now open for submissions, with a great range of prizes on offer and a diverse group of organisations from across the world supporting the initiative. The Grant has established itself as a leading prize in the industry over the past seven years, renowned for celebrating the importance of compelling visual storytelling and launching the careers of the younger generation through monetary prizes and various opportunities across international festivals and online media. Previous winners include Salvatore Vitale, Jacob Aue Sobol, Diana Markosian, and Poulomi Basu, with Nikita Teryoshin claiming the Main Prize in 2019 with his project Nothing Personal.

© Yangkun Shi, 2nd prize winner - 2019 edition

This year, four winners will share cash awards totaling $16,000 and all the shortlisted works (up to 35) will be showcased in projections at Lagos Photo Festival (Nigeria), Verzasca FOTO (Switzerland), and Jakarta International Photo Festival (Indonesia). A separate projection of all the winners and honorable mention awardees will be presented at Cortona On The Move (Italy). In other prizes, the curatorial teams at PhEST (Italy) and Getxophoto (Spain) will each select one work to be granted solo shows at their respective festivals upcoming in 2020; PHmuseum’s founder Giuseppe Oliverio and curator Rocco Venezia will select three series to be published on World Press Photo’s online publication Witness; and one photographer will be granted an exhibition at PHmuseum Lab in Bologna which is set to open later this year. The New Generation Prize, dedicated solely to photographers under 30 years of age, will also include a consultancy session with an expert from the PHmuseum Educational Program.

© Fernando Montiel Klint, 3rd prize winner - 2019 edition

All entries will be reviewed by an independent jury comprised of Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Professor at University of Arts Helsinki), Azu Nwagbogu (Director, AAF and Lagos Photo), Roderick van der Lee (Fair Director Of Photo London), and Tanya Habjouqa (Photographer and Member of Noor). Photographers are invited to enter one, or multiple, series centred around a specific theme, narrative, or concept, and at least four images must have been shot after 1 January 2017. All approaches are welcomed, from classic narratives to experimental projects. The entry fee is $40 per submission, yet applicants can take advantage of the $27 Early Bird fee if they apply before 30 January. The final deadline is set for 20 February at 11.59 pm (GMT). Learn more at

This eighth edition is kindly supported by PhEST, Lagos Photo Festival, World Press Photo, Getxophoto, Verzasca FOTO, Jakarta International Photo Festival, and Cortona On The Move. Learn more at and good luck!

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